Time for Diving
Diving in Bunaken as a Divemaster trainee this week is Yolanda – Here’s Yolanda’s first Blog…
It’s Yolanda the Divemaster Trainee at Two Fish Bunaken! It has been a week since I arrived here to do my PADI Divemaster training and time flies! For the first week, we had quite a lot of theory to get done in order to prepare me enough to understand why Instructors and boat crew are doing things in certain ways. It really consolidated my basic knowledge of becoming a PADI Divemaster. Colin, my training instructor, would go through all the reviews in the Divemaster textbook with me to make sure I was understanding the underlying concept for everything mentioned.
Apart from all theory I still have a lot of diving opportunities with all other guests. Most of the days, I have half-day diving and half-day theory, depending on our schedule which is really flexible. Maia and Colin are so nice that they let me to do as much diving as I can in order to get more experiences underwater as well as get more familiar with how a dive boat daily operates is, such as tank loading, dive site features, dive site set up and boat crew duties, so on and so forth. It is a real Divemaster training and has changed my perspective of being a guest to being a Divemaster. We don’t get to just dive for 60 minutes and get to chill until lunch but we are also taking care of our own equipment as well as customers’. To be honest, it was overwhelming for me at the beginning, but I am getting used to it bit by bit and I am happy to work with a nice, friendly crew that always offer to give me a hand whenever I need it. It is just really an important element to have such a kind crew together.
Being born and bred in Hong Kong I am a city person so I really do not get many chances to be in the ocean. Swimming is definitely not my strength, but as part of the Waterskills Assessment in the Divemaster training I have to do a 400m swimming test. I had to swim 400 meters without stopping or taking any breaks. I accomplished this with Maia, one of the Dive Instructors, she is a real swimmer who taught me how to swim better and she even swam along with me for it which was very supportive! It was my first 400 meter swim in my entire life and although I didn’t do it perfectly it was still memorable for me. And it’s just good to just be in the water!
Stay tuned for my next update from my Divemaster Journey in Bunaken!!
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